NHS green light for Low Carb Program
An award-winning low carb programme has been approved for use by the NHS by a leading accreditation body.
Diabetes.co.uk’s Low Carb Program can now be prescribed by healthcare teams after the Quality Institute for Self Management Education and Training (QISMET) organisation gave it the go ahead.
QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.
More than 326,000 people have signed up to the Low Carb Program which is a 10-week, evidence-based structured behavioural change programme supporting patients with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes to place their condition into remission. A low-carbohydrate approach to blood glucose control can help people lose weight, improve their health and wellbeing, and their medication dependency.
Last year it was estimated the programme had saved the NHS £6.9 million in one year through reducing type 2 diabetes medications.
Charlotte Summers, Chief Operating Officer of Diabetes.co.uk, said: “The Low Carb Program has been empowering patients to place their type 2 diabetes into remission for over 2 years. Type 2 diabetes does not have to be a chronic or progressive disease. We are proud to receive QISMET certification which enables NHS healthcare providers to offer the program to their patients.”
The programme was developed based on feedback submitted from 20,000 people who all believe changing the approach to type 2 diabetes is vital.
The Low Carb Program has been pivotal in making the case for a change in approach to dietary advice. In just over two years, the Low Carb Program has demonstrated a cost saving of £835 per person, per year, for each person that completes the programme through diabetes medication deprescription.
Results show that people who complete the programme reduce HbA1c by 1.2 per cent (13mmol/mol), lose seven per cent of their body weight on average and one in four people ‘reserved’ or put their type 2 diabetes into remission.
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